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Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« on: December 01, 2016, 12:32:13 PM »
A family I know suffered a terrible misfortune on Thanksgiving--they were camping and the dad was making a turkey in a deep fat fryer that blew over and covered him with burns. Kind of a freak accident, but anyway, I want to give to their campaign.

The problem I'm having is that I inspected Go Fund Me's website and the fees seem high/bothersome. From what I gather it's 8% per donation?!?

We know the family personally; is there any reason we shouldn't just write them a check or give them an envelope of cash? 8% fees seem crazy to me. I've never given to a Go Fund Me campaign before; am I missing some great benefit of giving a donation through them?

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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2016, 12:41:10 PM »
Don't think so, other than your gift might inspire others to give. Some people are weird about contributing to something that looks like it's a "failure," so if they aren't getting much of a response, I would consider going through the website. But if the campaign is doing OK and I knew the family personally, I would probably just write them a check (assuming also that they would be OK with that avenue). Sorry to hear about their troubles. What a crappy way to end a holiday.

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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2016, 01:08:52 PM »
Best off just writing them a check. 100% goes to them.

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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2016, 01:18:19 PM »
Their story has started "trending" and they've already raised $27k; I think we'll just write them a check.

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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2016, 01:41:44 PM »
This is probably horribly heartless of me, but when I see stuff like this, I think, 'don't they have health insurance?'

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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2016, 01:53:54 PM »
It's not the health insurance, it's the lack of income while he recovers. They're a family of five and the wife is a SAHM.

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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2016, 01:56:05 PM »
We had some very non mustachian friends lately face some very tragic circumstances.  We donated 10 bucks to the gofundme and posted a response saying "we would be sending a check to avoid the 8 percent fee".  We hoped that others might see this and realize how high these fees were.




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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2016, 02:10:30 PM »
It's not the health insurance, it's the lack of income while he recovers. They're a family of five and the wife is a SAHM.

Thanks for explaining.  I guess not everyone has disability/accident insurance provided by their employer.  That's unfortunate for them to be in such a situation; I hope he has a quick recovery.

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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2016, 02:39:44 PM »
Yep, there's a fee.  Just give the folks a check. 

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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2016, 03:14:06 PM »
No, you're not missing anything. Give them a check so they get ALL the money you want to give.

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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2016, 03:18:41 PM »
Tricky...  I have donated money through a Go Fund Me campaign and I will have to say the advantage is others tend to also want to help.  More so when you back them.

For example you donate $25 to their cause then write up a quick blurb and repost on your facebook....  sparks one other person to donate $25 (100% gain)....  8% aside the advantage is increased crowdsourcing, you donating (legitimizing), and social networking.

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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2016, 04:32:27 PM »
Give the check, share the campaign on your social networks.

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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2016, 06:10:12 PM »
I set up a go fund me for a friend with cancer.  They took a sizeable chunk and it was painful to see $100 donation turn into $91
The up side is that it is easy to donate with a credit card, and that makes people comfortable.
I always told people to send a check if they could, but many seemed to prefer to use the go fund me.
Your bank might be willing to set up a "for the benefit of" kind of account for people to donate to  I think you just need an EIN


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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2016, 07:37:59 PM »
In similar situations, I've asked for a mailing address and mailed the check.

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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2016, 08:33:33 AM »
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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2016, 11:36:56 AM »
We had some very non mustachian friends lately face some very tragic circumstances.  We donated 10 bucks to the gofundme and posted a response saying "we would be sending a check to avoid the 8 percent fee".  We hoped that others might see this and realize how high these fees were.
This is a fantastic idea! My sister made a page for a friend in need.*  I forwarded it to a few friends and one of them made a completely unexpected $500 donation! However, he called me and sent a check directly to avoid the fee. (He's a pre-Pete mustachian, btw. His many tenants just think he's the handyman. I met him volunteering at the library, lol.)

*Gonna brag on my sister a bit: she organized a rummage sale that netted $5k before she set up the GFM page.

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Re: Legit Go Fund Me campaign
« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2016, 11:39:13 AM »
It's not the health insurance, it's the lack of income while he recovers. They're a family of five and the wife is a SAHM.

Thanks for explaining.  I guess not everyone has disability/accident insurance provided by their employer.  That's unfortunate for them to be in such a situation; I hope he has a quick recovery.

Right? And burns are pretty terrible injuries; it could easily be life-altering. This sounds pretty horrible.